Detain meaning

dĭ-tān
To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.

Our friends were detained by heavy traffic.

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To detain is defined as to keep someone somewhere or cause someone to be unable to proceed.

When police keep a suspect at the station for questioning, this is an example of a situation where the police detain the suspect.

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To keep in custody or confinement.

The police detained several suspects for questioning.

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To retain or withhold (payment or property, for example).
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To keep in custody; confine.
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To keep from going on; hold back.
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To withhold.
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Keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.
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To put under custody.
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To keep back or from; to withhold.
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Origin of detain

  • Middle English deteinen from Old French detenir from Vulgar Latin dētenīre from Latin dētinēre dē- de- tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French detenir.

    From Wiktionary